Contracting for court reporting services  is not legal in Wisconsin. 

See the statute listed below

(3) Disqualification for interest. No deposition may be taken before a person who is a party to the action or a relative or employee or attorney, or counsel of any of the parties, or is a relative or employee of such attorney or counsel, or is financially interested in the action. No deposition may be taken before a person who has entered into a contract for court reporting services unless the contract is limited to a particular action or incident. This subsection does not apply to a person who records or transcribes depositions for a public agency, as defined in s. 66.0825 (3) (h).

If this statute is violated by a party to a deposition, the opposing party may either refuse to proceed with the deposition or may move to have the deposition quashed.  There is also the potential for recovery of fees and costs by the injured party.

This statute applies to any deposition taken in the State of

Wisconsin .  It does not matter whether the parties to the deposition are from outside of Wisconsin .  When conducting depositions in Wisconsin , this statute must be followed.

It is a violation of the statute even if the reporting firm has a contract with both parties to a case.  The statute prohibits a long-term, undefined contract regardless of whether both parties have entered into this kind of contract.

WCRA reporters strive to remain neutral and independent when conducting depositions.  In

Wisconsin , this goal is furthered through the application of this statute and maintaining case-by-case contracts for court reporting services conducted in this State. 

Please contact a WCRA Board member if you have questions or suspect that contracting is occurring.  Our attorneys have provided us guidelines to follow regarding such cases.

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions about our association, or you would like additional information about court reporting as a profession, please contact us at president.wcra@gmail.com.

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